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Developments in industry and academia bring exciting new functionalities to conventional rubber materials

The capability of elastomeric materials to act as electronic sensors and to self-heal is driving innovate research and partnerships in the rubber industry.

Toyoda Gosei, for instance, this month exhibited its next-generation ‘e-rubber’ materials for dielectric actuators and sensors at a sports business expo in Japan.

Displays included soft e-rubber actuators that offer a next-generation power source in place of electromagnetic motors and soft, tactile/pressure sensors.

The company also showed ideas to attach lightweight sensors to…

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